THEY used to tour the country as part of a circus before being adopted as unusual pets.
ANIMAL welfare groups last night condemned a report that claims there is not enough scientific evidence to support a ban on wild animals in circuses.
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A MAN who killed his wife's kitten by putting it in a tumble dryer was yesterday jailed for six months.
WE ONCE WENT, IN WHAT GRANNY called our "courting" days, to supper with a friend in London whose family appeared to own half of Jura. Our host produced a goose he had shot and brought back by road, ferry, train and, finally, the Circle Line.
We had an airborne exercise the other day; teaching red-legged partridge to fly. We weren't in the flat lands of Buchan to shoot large numbers, but to give the birds some practice for when the paying guns come.
GANGS of organised criminals are staging regular dog fights across Edinburgh, animal protection officers warned today.
A MUM who runs Scotland's first "dog daycare" centre claims council officers told her to move into a caravan for two years in order to beat planning rules.
IT'S not unusual for staff at the Lothians' biggest animal rescue centre to be rushed off their feet.
A RESCUE centre run by the Scottish SPCA has been given planning permission allowing it to nearly double in size.
A RESCUE centre run by the Scottish SPCA is set for a massive expansion which will allow it to treat 1000 extra animals a year.
HOUSEHOLDERS in England are being urged to bin their rubbish following a 20 per cent increase in the number of calls received by the RSPCA about animals entangled in or injured by litter last year.
AN Animal charity is offering cut-price microchipping to pet owners visiting the Royal Highland Show at Ingliston this weekend.
A TOTAL of 485 birds covered in oil as a result of the grounding of the container ship MSC Napoli in Devon in January have been released into the wild by the RSPCA.
DOZENS of young animals - including badgers, deer, foxes, swans and ducks - have been killed by dogs let off leads by their owners, the Scottish SPCA warned yesterday.
THIEVES are targeting pedigree cats, the SSPCA has warned.
GRAMPIAN Police and the Scottish SPCA yesterday launched a joint investigation after the headless body of a mute swan was found with a rope around its neck at Roseisle picnic area near Burghead, a beauty spot in Moray.
PARENTS are being urged not to buy their children live rabbits this Easter.
THE RSPCA has said it is delighted that a man found guilty of breaching the hunting ban was ordered to pay almost £6000.
ANIMAL rescue workers are searching for the owners of a "sweet-natured" family pet who was found tied to railings and left overnight.
A COMEDY night will take place tomorrow to raise money for the Scottish SPCA.